CALIFORNIA/NEVADA REGIONAL COMMITTEE DESERT COMMITTEE OUTINGS

For questions about, or to sign up for a particular outing, please contact the leader listed in the write-up.  For questions about Desert Committee outings in general, or to receive the outings list by e-mail, please contact Kate Allen at kj.allen96@gmail.com or 661-944-4056.

 

September 27-29, Friday - Sunday

 

Service and Hiking in the Carrizo Plains (CNRCC Desert Committee)

This is an opportunity to visit and to assist an outstanding and relatively unknown national monument. There will be an optional and scenic hike high in the Caliente Mountains on Friday. Others may join us for National Public Lands Day on Saturday when we will participate with other volunteers doing trail maintenance. On Sunday we will tour a number of the historic, prehistoric, and geologic sites in the Monument. Leader Craig Deutsche, craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670.

 

October 5-6, Saturday - Sunday

Hot Springs Tour in the Black Rock Desert

We will be visiting hot springs in the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles N. of Reno.  No set itinerary at this writing but we normally camp at a spring pretty close to Gerlach (pop. 150) Friday night and then relocate to a prettier spring on the Emigrant Trail on Saturday.  Very remote country but a great time to visit the Black Rock as it's starting to cool off and most of the crowds are gone.  2WD high clearance.  Primitive camping, sorry, no RV's or Trailers.  Leader is very familiar with the area.  Call leader for more information. David Book 775-843-6443.  Great Basin Group

 

October 12-13, Saturday - Sunday

Explore and Serve in the Carrizo Plains 

This weekend is part of a continuing project to aid the mobility of pronghorn antelope in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Our service on Saturday will either remove or modify several sections of fence for the benefit of these ungulates. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown wilderness.  Leader: Craig Deutsche,  craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670.  CNRCC Desert Committee

 

October 24-26, Thursday - Saturday

Death Valley Wilderness Restoration

Come join us as we restore wilderness values in this beautiful and remote national park.  We will meet early Thursday afternoon.  That afternoon we will work on the Darwin Falls trail, then drive to our primitive camping area and set up camp.  Work Friday picking up debris from an airplane crash.  If needed, we will continue work on Saturday; otherwise, participants will be free to enjoy the park.  Leader:  Kate Allen, kj.allen96@gmail.com, 661-944-4056. CNRCC Desert Committee

 

October 26-27, Saturday - Sunday

Ghost Town Extravaganza 

Spend Halloween weekend with the ghosts of California's colorful past.  Primitive camp at the historic ghost town of Ballarat in the eerie desert landscape near Death Valley.  On Sat, do a challenging hike to ghost town Lookout City with historian Hal Fowler who will regale us with tales of this Wild West town.  We'll return to camp for Happy Hour and a potluck feast, followed by a midnight visit to Ballarat's graveyard.  On Sun, a quick visit to the infamous Riley townsite before heading home.  Group size strictly limited.  Send $8 per person (check payable to Lygeia Gerard), 2 large SASE, H&W phones, email, rideshare info to Ldr:  Lygeia Gerard, P.O. Box 721039, Pinon Hills, CA 92372, 760-868-2179.  CNRCC Desert Committee

 

November 2-3, Saturday - Sunday

Late Autumn in the Carrizo Plains: Service and Exploration

This weekend is part of a continuing project to benefit pronghorn antelope in the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Our service on Saturday will modify several sections of fence  to increase mobility for the benefit of these animals. Sunday will be, at the choice of the group, either a hike in the Caliente Range or else a tour of popular viewing areas in the plains. This is an opportunity to combine carcamping, day-hiking, exploring, and service in a relatively unknown part of central California.  Leader: Craig Deutsche,  craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670.  CNRCC Desert Committee

 

November 9-12, Saturday - Monday

Western Utah Exploration Experience

Join the countdown to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with national Utah Wilderness Task Force and Utah Chapter in a visit to western Utah’s Mountain Home Range and San Francisco Peaks—under consideration as new wilderness in a new BLM resource plan. Help document wild values in these remote  ranges and enjoy car camping with central commissary over Veterans Day weekend. Experience desert solitude, darkest night skies, and the beauty of pinyon pine-covered desert peaks.  Can meet Fri evening. Contact Vicky Hoover, 415-977-5527, vicky.hoover@sierraclub.org.  CNRCC Wilderness Committee

 

December 29-January 2, Sunday -Thursday

Holiday Service in Carrizo Plain

Once again, we return to the Carrizo Plain to celebrate the end of the year and to offer service to the pronghorn antelope in this National Monument. Lying between Bakersfield and San Luis Obispo, this vast grassland is home to pronghorn antelope, tule elk, kit fox, and a wide variety of birds. A welcome hike Dec. 29, two and a half days of service modifying barbed wire fencing, and a full day for hiking and exploring are planned. Use of accommodations at one of the old ranch houses is included. Limited to 12 participants, $30 covers four dinners and breakfast on New Year’s morning. For more information, contact leader: Craig Deutsche, craig.deutsche@gmail.com, 310-477-6670.  CNRCC Desert Committee